No, this isn’t my half marathon recap (yet) in case you thought that I was referring to it as a speed run. (Ha!) If there’s anything that race taught me, it’s that I need to do more speed training. Marathon training has slowed my pace down by a minute and a half and it sucks. There’s nothing worse than running a race over 15 minutes slower than what you ran last season because you know you can do better, and you try to do better when you’re out there, but it just doesn’t happen.
So last night, even though I raced the day before, I went to the gym for some speed work in the form of mile repeats.
Total miles: 4.70, with a short cool-down
Yes, 8:57 and 8:34 is actually fast for me. Keep reading once you’ve composed yourself from the laughter. 😉
The first 2 speed miles were a challenge. I definitely wanted to stop toward the end of each mile, so I think I picked good speeds. I walked a little bit during that last mile because my calf started hurting. My other calf. Not to be confused with the calf that hurt and made me buy $140 shoes and $40 inserts. No. Not that calf. Once my inexpensive calf started feeling a bit better, I finished the last mile. I felt pretty good at that pace and I think I could’ve ran faster (I just typoed that as “fatter,” which is also true) but decided not to chance things with my calf any more than I already had.
Was that a good idea for a speed run so soon after a race? Who knows. But I do know I actually felt refreshed after that run and that hasn’t happened since marathon training started last June.
While I was at the gym, I got to see Gossip Girl for the first time. What is it with me, the gym, and CW shows I’ve never seen? Anyway, I thought Gossip Girl was much more interesting than my run-in with One Tree Hill.
Does anyone else watch it? I’ll have to say, it wasn’t too bad. I learned a few things from it too. Like, no matter how much you dress up Michelle Trachtenberg, she will never be sexy. And she will always be Buffy’s annoying sister.
No. You can’t.
I’ve learned that a lot of screen time goes to the back of Blake Lively’s hair. I’m thinking it took a lot of time to make that wedding hairstyle complete with an actual bow of hair for her to stand with her back to the screen for 5 minutes.
I’ve learned that Blake Lively and whoever that other girl is (Blair? Minka Kelly? I’m not going to look it up.) are probably friends in real life and enjoy sharing food.
I’ve also learned who Gossip Girl is. Isn’t that the whole mystery of the show? Somehow I caught the one episode that reveals it. Isn’t that like tuning into How I Met Your Mother for the first time and actually finding out how he met your mother? I don’t know, I guess now I never need to watch Gossip Girl again because the secret is out.